The Ohio State Buckeyes person been classed No. 1 successful nan first version of this season's College Football Playoff rankings.
Ranking conscionable down nan Buckeyes are nan No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs, No. 3 Michigan Wolverines, and No. 4 Florida State Seminoles. Each of nan teams presently successful nan top-4 each transportation undefeated records of 8-0.
Michigan's ranking comes amid nan contention of nan ongoing investigation into sign-stealing allegations.
Ranking conscionable extracurricular nan top-4 are nan No. 5 Washington Huskies, who besides beryllium astatine 8-0 and are slotted conscionable up of nan No. 6 Texas Longhorns.
'We looked astatine it, nan large triumph complete Notre Dame, and nan triumph complete Penn State, and they person quality makers connected offense,' CFP chair Boo Corrigan said, referring to nan Buckeyes connected ESPN's rankings merchandise show. 'We looked astatine it, Ohio State deserved to beryllium number one.'
The Ohio State Buckeyes are No. 1 successful nan first merchandise of nan College Football Playoff rankings
Following them pinch nan No. 2 ranking are nan reigning National Champion Georgia Bulldogs
So acold this play Ohio State has played a tougher schedule than Georgia and person 2 top-15 victories. The Buckeyes defeated No. 11 Penn State and No. 15 Notre Dame.
Georgia has not played a top-25 yet this twelvemonth and presently ranks 100th successful spot of schedule. Meanwhile nan Wolverines rank moreover little astatine No. 111.
The first of six rankings sets nan array for a period of scrutiny connected nan apical teams and their performances.
The last rankings will beryllium released December 3, aft nan convention title games, and those group nan four-team playoff field, pinch semifinals astatine nan Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl up of nan nationalist title crippled connected Jan. 8 successful Houston.
This is nan last play of nan four-team format earlier nan playoff expands to 12 teams adjacent season.
Four is nan magic number for now and seldom successful nan 9 erstwhile years of nan playoff person each 4 teams successful nan first rankings really made it to nan playoff.
Last year, Tennessee was nan committee´s first No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Georgia and Clemson. Only nan Bulldogs and Buckeyes made nan playoff.
Florida State and Michigan information retired nan different 2 teams successful nan top-4 of nan CFP rankings
Overall, 21 of nan 36 teams (58 percent) that person appeared successful nan first CFP rankings of a play person made nan playoff.
Among nan 36 teams that person made nan playoff successful 9 years, 29 started successful nan apical six.
The longest climb to nan CFP was Ohio State successful 2014, erstwhile nan Buckeyes were 16th successful nan committee´s first ranking. Oklahoma was No. 15 successful nan first rankings successful 2015 and made nan playoff.
Just erstwhile person nan first CFP rankings revealed nan eventual playoff field. That was 2020, nan pandemic season, which was acold from normal successful truthful galore ways.